Kalsang is a Tibetan filmmaker based in Dharamsala, India. He runs Blind Dog Media, a not for profit small production company based in Dharamsala. He aims to explore low-cost filmmaking and using it to creating a Tibetan community of aspirant filmmakers.
Kalsang studied at the Tibetan Children’s Village school, Dharamsala, from where he finished his higher secondary schooling in 1996. For his graduation in Economics, he studied at the St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad till 1999. He then cleared the entrance test for the masters in communication programme at the faculty of journalism and communications, MS university of Baroda, in 1999. He spent 2 years studying journalism and submitted a dissertation thesis on “Tibetan media with reference to major Tibetan websites”. After finishing his studies, he joined the Department of Information and International Relations of the Tibetan government in exile as the editor of the official website of the Tibetan government in exile in 2001.
In 2006, Kalsang got 2-year scholarship under the US government’s Tibetan Scholarship Programme. He finished his MFA in Film and Video Production in 2008, and as part of his degree, he submitted a documentary film “Phantoms of Chittagong” about Establishment 22, or the Special Frontier Force, a paramilitary force comprising of Tibetan refugee recruits that India started in 1962. He also holds digital filmmaking workshops for Tibetan students.
Name: Kalsang Rinchen
Lives in: Dharmsāla, India
Company: Blind Dog